The Graphic Design of Lithuanian Soccer
Following on from Rafael’s Mexican and Calum’s English soccer badge posts, here is the ranking of the best soccer badges in the Lithuanian A league. Lithuania loves basketball. Almost every third Lithuanian could call it their second religion; with soccer way behind. There are 8 soccer teams playing in the A …
Lithuania loves basketball. Almost every third Lithuanian could call it their second religion; with soccer way behind. There are 8 soccer teams playing in the A league, which holds a small but dedicated fan base. The season usually kicks off in late March/early April every year, because of the harsh climate there are no games in the winter.
Every team in the A league has their own mark. The logo of each team defines what color the stadium will look like when their team is playing the home match. Most of the teams incorporates home city elements in their team logos. Or should I say town elements. Lithuania’s largest city and its capital Vilnius holds a population of more than 500 000 inhabitants. All other cities are much smaller. Including the smallest from the list Pakruojis with only 5000 inhabitants. No matter how big or small, they all want to be noticed.
8. SUDUVA MARIJAMPOLE
Suduva is one of the oldest functioning clubs in Lithuania. And their logo looks pretty old too. Window shield effect with a striking red color doesn’t convince me that this team is as good as it tries to represent itself as. The biggest achievement of the club was during Soviet times in 1975, when Suduva reached 3rd place at the local top division. The next year it played and lost the National Cup Final. That was more or less it. But their bad logo didn’t help things.
7. ATLANTAS KLAIPEDA
Klaipeda is the main and only harbor in Lithuania near the Baltic sea. The logo as the city itself has a complex recorded history, partially due to the combined regional importance of the Port of Klaipeda. The history of the city dates back to the time when the Livonian Order built a castle called Memelburg. A town grew around the castle close to where the waters of the Curonian Lagoon flow into the Baltic Sea. This same castle is incorporated in the logo.
6. PAKRUOJO KRUOJA
This new team comes from the smallest town of Lithuania. The team first played in the A league, Lithuania’s top football division, in 2009. From their start the club has been known for it’s strong defense, with the brightly coloured yellow shield with bold blue stripes reflecting this characteristic. However, the bold colors haven’t helped much. The team have never won any significant awards in the main league.
5. EKRANAS PANEVEZYS
Ekranas has established itself as one of the best football clubs in Lithuania, winning the first Lithuanian title in 1985. Being the strongest A league team it is also the most international as well. Their logo hasn’t changed much from it’s inception. It represents the two main colors of the club and it’s home city.
4. SIAULIAI KLUBAS
A simple way to represent a club or city’s history is by using iconic and recognisable city elements. This team comes from my hometown, known as the sun city. The golden boy in the logo is the symbol of Siauliai. It is located in the city centre and can be seen from parts of it. It wasn’t a hard decision about what should be included in the Siauliai soccer team logo, however, has anybody seen the golden boy playing soccer?
In Lithuanian, Taurage is a conjunction of two words: Tauras which means aurochs, and ragas which means horn, hence its coat of arms. The Aurochs became extinct in XIV century in Lithuania, though, a pair of horns from an ancient Auroch (Tauras) were found in the country recently. The name lives on in some town and village names. This small town knows what Tauras stands for and use it as their main symbol.
2. ZALGIRIS VILNIUS
One of the strongest soccer teams in Lithuania’s league plays in green and white. The Iron Wolf is a mythical character from a medieval legend of the founding of Vilnius, the capital city of the old Grand Duchy of Lithuania and modern Republic of Lithuania. First found in the country chronicles, the legend shares certain similarities with the Capitoline Wolf and possibly reflected Lithuanian desire to showcase their legendary origins from the Roman Empire.
1. DAINAVA ALYTUS
The historical city of Dzukija region uses three main colors in it’s logo, each representing the elements of water, sun and fire. Alytus does’t have any iconic symbols or buildings, so the most important and recognizable element from the sport itself became the heart of their identity. A very bold and easily recognisable badge that is simply head and shoulders above the rest in the league. DAINAVA ALYTUS is awarded Alfalfa Studio’s top spot for the best badge design in Lithuanian soccer.